Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd)
Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff

Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali was born in Bagalkot District, Karnataka in 1952. He studied in Sainik School Bijapur and graduated from the Indian Military Academy and was commissioned in First Battalion the Sikh Light Infantry in Dec 1972.
He has attended Defence Services Staff College, Higher Command Course at Army War College, National Defence College and Senior Fellowship Programme at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC in USA. He is an M.Phil. from DAV Institute of Management, Indore.
He commanded First Battalion the Sikh Light Infantry, an Infantry Brigade and an Infantry Division on the Line of Control in Kashmir. He was also the Corps Commander of the prestigeous Corps in Punjab. Thereafter, he was the Director General Military Training and later was the Deputy Chief of Army Staff at Army Headquarters.
He has been awarded three times by the President of India. Sena Medal Gallantry for displaying courage and bravery in the face of enemy in 1992. He was also awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and later the nations highest award of Param Vishisht Seva Medal for his outstanding & distinguished service to the Army and nation.
At the age of 59, he performed a solo skydive from over 12000 feet with less than two hours of training. This record breaking jump is featured in the Limca Book of World Records 2013 edition.
He has worked tirelessly towards the Strategic Development of Karnataka after retirement.The Karnataka Government has awarded him with the Sangoli Rayanna Award in 2015 and this year he was awarded the Rajyotsava Award for Social Service.
On 18 April 2018, he was the first Indian to receive the International Leadership Award for Fight against Global Terrorism in New York from USA and Great Britain.
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